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© Donna Burak/ Licensed by Viscopy, 2017

Kulama

Date: c 1996
Dimensions:
Sheet: 380 x 560 mm
Overall: 380 x 560 mm, 1 mm, 0.05 kg
Image: 325 x 430 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Copyright: © Donna Burak
Classification:Art
Object Name: Linocut
Object No: 00029115
Place Manufactured:Melville Island

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    The Kulama ceremony occurs towards the end of the wet season (March/April) when a ring appears around the moon. It is a celebration of life and involves three days and nights of ritual body paintings, singing and dancing complete with the eating of yams according to a ritual custom. Concentric circles often appear as the main element of contemporary Tiwi patterns, representing the Kulama circle or ceremonial dancing ground.

    In this work the Tiwi tradition of wood carving has translated well into this style of printmaking. Editioned 18/20.
    SignificanceAs a Tiwi woman Donna Burak uses her skills to pass on the traditions and language of her people.
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